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Santorum takes the bait

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, February 10, 2012 21:40 EDT
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Greg Sargent catches another Republican stepping into the trap that Obama set. Sam Stein asked Santorum if he’s happy with the accomodation on the contraception mandate, and Santorum not only said no, but he said some laughably assholish things. 

“This has nothing to do with access,” he said. “This is having someone pay for it, pay for something that shouldn’t even be in an insurance plan anyway because it is not, really an insurable item. This is something that is affordable, available. You don’t need insurance for these types of relatively small expenditures. This is simply someone trying to impose their values on somebody else, with the arm of the government doing so. That should offend everybody, people of faith and no faith that the government could get on a roll that is that aggressive.”

This is when a follow-up question would be nice. I hope someone asks Santorum what other “small” routine expenditures insurance companies shouldn’t cover. Lipitor? Insulin? He’s treating insurance like it’s only there for catastrophes instead of to cover routine care. 

But his description of birth control as “affordable” is more out of touch than Mitt Romney making a crack about betting $10,000. Julie Sunday did a run-down of out-of-pocket costs on birth control pills. If you consider them “affordable”, you haven’t ever been living paycheck to paycheck.

Yasmin: $85.99

Ocella (Yasmin generic): $71.99

Yaz: $92.99 ($85.60)

Nuvaring: $86.99 ($77.35)  

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo: $94.99

Plan B One-Step: $47.99 ($47.99)

With my co-pay, my pills are currently costing me $50 a month, which means $600 a year. An IUD can cost $1,000-$2,000 to put in. Depo-Provera is popular amongst uninsured low-income women because it costs $30-$75 a shot, which lasts three months, meaning about $300 a year. That may not seem like a lot of money to Santorum, but for people who don’t make very much money or are unemployed, this is a pretty big cost. And it’s one they can’t skip, because getting pregnant costs even more. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work out for women. A significant portion of women skimp on contraception because they simply can’t afford it. Many more use less effective methods because they’re cheaper. 

Of course, this is another opportunity to point out that Santorum doesn’t understand birth control because he opposes it and has made noises in the direction of supporting bans on it, even as he admits that’s unlikely to happen. Now if we could just get someone to ask Mitt Romney what he thinks about all this. The trap is ready and he’s probably dumb enough to step in it.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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